(On Da Come Up) Young Dirt
On August 8th, Reidsville, NC native Young Dirt will be dropping if not the biggest, then the most anticipated mixtapes of his career thus far. The polished product doesn’t fail to live up to the title: “Welcome To Riedsville.” The mixtape is capsulated viewing to how Young Dirt does things in the tar heel state. He casts some notable friends on this project like Ca$h Out and Rick Ross, but it’s his infectious anthem “25-8” record that is spreading into the ears of many. 25-8 is a hustlers anthem that if one was to imagine would be played in a football locker room before a game so to get hyped up. Young Dirt is here and our interview with him is too.
I’m sure for you and many other artists; the studio is somewhat of a safe haven. Aside from music is there personally any other reason for you why that is?
Well of course the studio is like my vacation. As a kid and younger adult I didn’t really go on a lot of vacations. We didn’t have the resources as a family to pick up and go to the beaches. We couldn’t pick up and go outta town like that, so when I was young my whole thing was even as a lil’ kid I’d have a lil’ sound recorder, lil’ tape player and I would shut my door, put on some beats, record myself and just go in. That was my fun time. It was my way from the world. It was just me and my thoughts, getting my point across and it was my therapy. The studio is my up zone because that’s my vacation from everything like problems or for whatever is going on at the time
You’re obviously doing some things right. How long did it take for you to become what you consider successful?
Well if we speaking on the terms of what I consider to be successful, I’m still in the works right now. I consider myself on the rise though and with that being said there’s still work in progress.
Can you tell us about your new mixtape Welcome To Reidsville?
On Welcome to Reidsville, I definitely wanted to introduce people to my way of thinking, my experiences and my point of view. I felt like my city Reidsville molded that way of thinking and that point of view from going the ups and downs and the people that I grew up with that had affect on my life. This project is basically my formal introduction. I got features on there from my peoples King Kun whose on the 25-8 record with me, T’Melle, Rick Ross and Ca$h Out. I think people will like a lot of records on there and will be wanna go an follow up on my past releases if they’ve never heard of me before.
Was the recording done in one studio or did you record in different ones?
No all the tracks for Welcome To Reidsville were recorded at my label You World Global Media Studio in Atlanta.
You’re record 25-8 is tough. I heard it the other day matter fact on Sirius while in the car and it hitting hard speakers. Was there a message that you were trying to hint at in this song?
25-8 was wasn’t really intended to be a single. It kinda just grew legs on its own. As soon as I heard the beat for 25-8, it just invoked a feeling in me and it took me to a place in my life where it was grind mode. It’s was a gorilla grind is the best phrase that I would use to describe it. 25-8 is so rough around the edges but it’s so clean at the same time. This record to me is for those that know how to hustle, grind and do what they got to do to make things happen.
How would you describe your style?
I describe my style as natural. My style is really dictated by the production unless I have a concept and I go in and talk to the producer about building the track from ground zero. You know 9 times out of 10 when you get introduced to a producer they have some tracks already done being produced, in the works or 99.9 percent done with a track. When I you hear a beat like 25-8, you wanna come in and complement it to the fullest. I definitely try to keep things well-rounded. I don’t wanna have just one type of sound on projects because I enjoy all types of music. I can go from pop music to gutter East Coast beats, to the banging in your trunk Down South music, to everything.
What’s coming up next for you after the mixtape?
The next project that I will be working on will be my album through You World Global Media, Caroline and Capitol Records. I’m real excited to see how that’s going to come out. We got a lot of records in a stockpile right now.
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